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Centre of the ancient world for 500 years, and home of the Catholic Church for almost two millennia, Rome has forgotten more history then most other cities can remember. Now the capital of modern Italy, its bustling streets and graceful piazzas have been embellished with the treasures of Roman emperors, Renaissance popes, and some of the greatest artists the world has known. A lifetime would not be long enough to do Rome justice.

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San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains)

San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains)

Famous Housing the relic of St. Peter's chains

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Housing the relic of St. Peter's chains Editors' Note

San Pietro in Vincoli is a minor basilica in Rome. It was first built in the middle of the 5th century to preserve St. Peter’s chains that were used during his imprisonment in Jerusalem. It has seen many restoration projects by different Popes, and is famous for its Moses statue by Michelangelo.

As St. Peter in Chains is a minor church, the key features located here include St. Peter’s chains and Michelangelo’s Moses statue. These chains are kept in a reliquary under the basilica’s main altar. The statue by Michelangelo, dating from 1515, was originally intended as part of a 40-statue funeral monument for Pope Julius II.

San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains)
Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 4A, 00184 Rome
39 6 488 2865
Spring/Summer: Daily 7am-12:30pm, 3:30-7pm; Autumn/Winter 7am-6pm